Unless you’re deep into the world of industrial 3D printing, you may not have heard of the inaugural conference on Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy that will be taking place this May. And, unless you’re deep into the world of particles and powdered metals, you may not be aware of the 2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials (PM 2014 World Congress), surrounding that AM PM conference. But, whether you’ve heard of either one of those things, it’s sure to affect you and the manufacturing of goods around you.
This year, Freeman Technology, which researchers and develops metal powders for 3D printing, will present its latest research regarding their FT4 Powder Rheometer, previously written about at 3DPI. In a talk about the device, titled ‘Accurately Quantifying Process-Relevant Powder Properties for AM’, Freeman’s Mike Delancy will discuss their research regarding stainless steel powders, including how the Rheometer is used to measure dynamic, bulk and shear properties of the powder. The device, used to inspect metal powders for additive manufacturing, will be on display at the company’s booth throughout the event.
As industrial metal AM becomes more widely adopted by large and small OEMs, such analytic tools will be necessary for ensuring proper standards are met in producing metal parts. While, surely, the information presented at the Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy will not appeal to our consumer-oriented readers, readers in the industrial community may feel the need to attend the event, May 18-20.
Source: Process and Control Today